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Simple But Distinctive
During my Jasmine sniff-fest as a new perfumista, I found Keiko Mecheri's Jasmine, renamed Clair-Obscur) so repugnant, I gave my FB away and was reluctant to try anything else from this house. Luckily I eventually did and was entranced by Grenats (also Bois de Santal and Mogador). The notes here are deceptively simple. After an initial blast of citrus, strongly punctuated by pomegranate, the rose enters on a very effective base of angelica and musk. Some genius nose figured out that angelica's green and musty sharpness is just the thing to enhance the freshness of pomegranate. Add musk and rose and this mimics more compex scents in loveliness. Both the pomegranate and the angelica grow in the dry down. The combo may sound strange, but it isn't. With rose and musk, it becomes distinctive--a way to smell great while standing out from the rest. Sillage is strong as is longevity.